Asbury Woods proudly announced the distinguished recipients of its annual volunteer of the year awards at the annual volunteer luncheon on Sunday, February 10 at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods.
Asbury Woods thrives as a result of volunteers who play a vital role in helping us to achieve our goals of conserving the land, connecting people to nature and inspiring environmental stewardship. We were fortunate to have 542 volunteers spend over 12,000 hours of their time caring for the Woods and sustaining our educational programs this past year.
The recipients of Asbury Woods’ annual awards go above and beyond in their efforts to inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship to over 71,000 guests who visit Asbury Woods annually.
“It’s so exciting to be honoring these individuals who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and are helping us connect people of all ages to nature and helping us to ensure the future is a place where respect and appreciation for natural places is a deeply held value. We truly appreciate all of our volunteers and I wish to congratulate Bubba as an exemplary adult volunteer and two outstanding youth volunteers in Bella and Genny,” says Jennifer Farrar, Asbury Woods Executive Director.
The Volunteer of the Year is awarded to Phil (Bubba) Lohr. He has been a driving force in our tool workshop and has spent over 700 hours as a volunteer this past year. He has been instrumental in organizing the workshop to ensure a more efficient workspace for all of the volunteers who use it. He has also repaired wheel barrows, tools and other equipment for future use. Bubba has taken initiative in trail maintenance, improving the paths for all who visit. Bubba is a leader in our volunteer workforce, bringing together the talents of many to help support Asbury Woods.
The Youth Volunteer of the Year is awarded to Bella Hauber and Genny Hauber. Bella and Genny have a positive attitude and are helpful in every volunteer capacity. The sisters have been involved with Asbury Woods for many years, starting in the Animal Care Crew. They are both involved in the Explorer Post and Summer Camp Assistants for two years. They have each taken leadership roles to train new members of the Animal Care Crew and mentors for the new summer camp assistants. They have also designed several Drop-in and Discover public programs for Saturday visitors. Both Bella and Genny are genuine and compassionate and treat the Asbury Woods exhibit animals as if they were their own. Genny has taken what she learned as a member of the Animal Care Crew and is working at Pet Supplies Plus helping to care for their animals and Bella has goals to do the same when she’s older.